Testing the Tow Vehicle

We had initially planned to tow our trusty 2004 Subaru Forester behind us, but soon learned that we couldn’t do this unless we used a trailer since she’s an AWD transmission. So, we set out to find a manual transmission car to serve as our tow car, or “toad,” and were happy to find an old but seemingly sturdy stick shift (also a Subaru). After getting her fitted with a base plate and buying a tow bar to attach her to the Woodebago (not cheap, but cheaper than a trailer), we thanked the awesome service people at Beckley’s and drove the toad and the Woodebago home to our house. Here they are, hitched together for the first time. We hope they will have a long and happy journey together.20150701_133610 20150701_122057-1-1

No picture with the brake lights on but they do work! They (and turn signals) are connected via the “brake buddy,” which sits inside the toad and acts like a human foot, sensing when it’s necessary to brake and then pressing down on the pedal. So much to learn…


About Elena Silva

Out here on the road, trying to make the most of a year in close quarters with my three favorite people...
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